ROYAL Wootton Bassett Ladies joint manager Jonny House has applauded his squad’s approach to training and matchdays, ahead of Keynsham Town Development’s visit on Sunday (2pm).

House was thrilled by his girls’ performance at Torquay last weekend as a seven-goal win lifted Bassett to fourth in the South-West Premier Division.

Albeit in the league’s early stages, House is encouraged by what he has witnessed to date.

And his squad’s approach to training and commitment to the club’s cause was described as an out-standing additional bonus.

House said: “Our players have been unbelievable, they’re committed and they don’t moan – the travel is what it is.

“All players have a desire to work hard in training, and they give up their own time on a Sunday to play.

“A few move around work commitments, which proves their attitudes are first class. We couldn’t ask for a better group.”

Bassett Ladies defied a six-hour round trip to Torquay last weekend when downing the Devon side 7-0 in their latest South-West Premier Division tie – Amber Egerton netted a brace while Lisa Coe, Grace Eagles, Hayley Huckin, Lauren Kavll and Aly Lyons were also on target.

Keynsham are likely to provide a stiffer test on Sunday, though.

The club’s development team have won three of their opening five league fixtures.

But House insists Bassett’s free-scoring trait stands his girls in good stead for their fourth fixture of the season.

He added: “Keynsham were one of the teams we identified at the start of the season as being one to beat.

“They’ve not had an ideal start to the season, they’ve struggled for players but have picked up de-cent results between that.

“We want to do well, and these are the sides you’ve got to be beat.

“At Torquay, we dominated the first half, which was excellent to see.

“We not only want to be a possession-based side, but we also want to dictate play and play it in the areas we want to play.

“We were able to do that in the first half. Intensity dropped a bit in the second, but Torquay gave a strong account of themselves.

“We got some valuable minutes into some of our substitutes.”